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‘I Listen to Strictly Kid Cudi Pre Game’: Rap Icon Kid Cudi Responds to Shout-Out From Joe Burrow

Published 01/31/2022, 2:19 PM EST

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The Cincinnati Bengals downed the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in the Arrowhead Stadium to claim the AFC Championship Sunday afternoon. It was a magical moment for quarterback Joe Burrow since he has led his franchise to great heights in just two years in the NFL. The league has been all praises for the surprising hero, and so is the American Rap icon Kid Cudi.

Well, that was bound to happen since the journey of the Bengals with the quarterback has been no less than the rags to riches kind of story. Cincinnati drafted the QB as the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. His debut season did not get the necessary attention since the quarterback picked up a season-ending ACL injury halfway through the 2020 season.

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However, this time it was a completely different story altogether. The 25-year-old rose the team from the ashes and helped them clinch a berth in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989. But it was not a cakewalk for him to do so. The Cincinnati Bengals pulled off an amazing comeback from an 18 point deficit and that too against the Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City Chiefs in their home.

Joe Burrow and Kid Cudi showering respect for each other

Following his big win, the young quarterback gave a big shout-out to his favorite rap artist Kid Cudi on Sunday which was also his 38th birthday. “One of my idols growing up, Kid Cudi reached out to me yesterday. You said I got LeBron tweeting me or whatever you said it was,” Burrow told reporters post-game. “That part is surreal; the football part, not so much.”

However, this is not the first time that the quarterback has mentioned Cudi as his favorite artist in public. He even mentioned the veteran rapper as his favorite artist of all time, and since then the two have remained good friends.

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In response to that, Cudi even recorded a video message for the then-rookie, showering him with love and support for his new start as an NFL athlete.

Burrow’s favorite tracks

During the press conference, when the Super Bowl candidate quarterback was asked about his favorite tracks of Kid Cudi, the quarterback replied, “I listen to strictly Kid Cudi pregame. ‘New York City Rage Fest,’ ‘Soundtrack 2 My Life,’ ‘ Up Up & Away.’ All that good stuff from old Cudi.” Later, he also mentioned other classic tracks of the 38-year-old rap icon, such as “Soundtrack 2 My Life” and “Up Up & Away” as the ones that star his playlist.

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After the conference started making rounds on the internet, Kid Cudi himself replied to the quarterback via a tweet. Man this has to be the illest shit ever beautiful f*ckin game today brother!!” the tweet read

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Clearly, the two have a lot of love and respect for each other. But let’s see how much that playlist charges up the quarterback to slay the mighty Rams in their home. The Cincinnati Bengals will be on road to SoFi Stadium on February 13 for the Super Bowl LVI. Who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.
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